Racism In Mississippi Trial

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Imagine living in a time where whistling at someone could get you brutally murdered. In the historical fiction novel, Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe, this was the reality for Emmett Till, a black teenager who was kidnapped and brutally murdered for whistling at a white woman in Greenwood, Mississippi. In Mississippi Trial, 1955, Chris Crowe uses history by including key historical events about Till’s trial to demonstrate the racism and prejudice faced in the South.
In the novel, Mississippi Trial, 1955, the main character, Hiram Hillburn is visiting Greenwood, Mississippi when Emmett Till gets murdered. After his body is found in the Tallahatchie River, all of America’s attention is on Mississippi, courtesy of Emmett's mother blaming
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The Greenwood Commonwealth published the article, “A Just Appraisal” (An Editorial) on September 2, 1955. Although many would not believe that South could be so blind toward the clear racism many faced, this article was real. It claimed, “This deplorable incident has made our section the target of unjustifiable criticism, thoughtless accusations, and avenging threats”. Crowe also stayed true to Uncle Mose Wright’s testimony. Certain parts of the testimony were real, including when Uncle Mose points at the men, and tells his account of what happened that night. In both the actual trial and the book trial, Mr. Chatham asks him to point out Mr. Milam. As he pointed, he said, “There he is.” Finally, in the book Sheriff Strider claims that Milam and Bryant confessed to murdering and kidnapping Emmett. Although they did not confess before the trial, they did confess after the trial. According to History.com, “On January 24, 1956, Look magazine publishes the confessions of J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant… the men detailed how they beat Till with a gun, shot him and threw his body in the Tallahatchie River with a heavy cotton-gin fan attached with barbed wire to his neck to weigh him
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